Dr. Asma Tahlawi
Technology Support Division Head, Chemicals Business
Dr. Tahlawi currently leads the Technology Support Division under Chemicals Business Admin Area within Downstream. The division represents the business proponent of all Chemicals technologies under development including the Catalytic Crude to Chemicals Technology (CC2C). The division also represents the centers of excellence within DS for Steam Cracking and Polyolefins. Moreover, the division leads the Research & Technology integration with SABIC as the business proponent, ensuring the strategic advancement of technology development under Aramco-SABIC. She is also the single point of contact on the Arlanxeo technology strategy integration and the establishment of Arlanxeo Technology Center in the region.
Dr. Tahlawi holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK (2018), with research focused on material modification and design of polyurethane and alumina, for biomedical applications. Specifically, her research progressed and resulted in the advancement of utilizing both synthetic materials in replacing human bone marrow for the production of blood cells, as well as a future substitute for bone marrow transplants as a treatment for leukemia patients. Additionally, Dr. Tahlawi holds a Masters of Science Degree in Biotechnology in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK (2007), and a Bachelors Degree of Science in Chemicals Engineering from the American University of Sharjah, UAE (2004).
Prior to earning her higher education, Dr. Tahlawi started her career with Aramco in 2004 with Joint Ventures Development. She has then moved to roles in Oil Supply Planning as well as Crude Sales & Marketing before joining the Research & Development Center. Additionally, she has assumed the role of lead production engineer in the Manufacturing Planning & Economics at Ras Tanura Refinery (RTR), before joining the Chemicals Business Amin Area in 2012.